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Premier League: Everton vs Fulham; ‘After two hours against Tottenham, we are not in the best condition’

This will be a chance for all of us to see just how fit this Everton side are as they played out of their skin for 120 minutes against Tottenham in a cracking FA Cup tie in midweek.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti is wary of this as he said: “After two hours against Tottenham, we are not in the best condition.”

But there is good news as James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes will be back ready to start against the relegation threatened side.

Unfortunately, though main man Dominic Calvert-Lewin won’t be fit enough after being substituted against Spurs due to a hamstring injury.

Therefore, meaning Josh King might get his full debut upfront even though Richarlison and Bernard did a splendid job up top together, but Ancelotti did say it will be a strong possibility that King does start.

It does mean that Ancelotti has options though if Bernard can play like that more often which can only be a good thing as Everton chase down a Champions League place.

Unfortunately, though an injury which does not seem to be going away is Jordan Pickford’s as the goalkeeper is still out however Ancelotti is hopeful that he is back for the midweek game against Manchester City.

Calvert-Lewin is also expected to be back in contention for the midweek game.

One player who stood out against Tottenham and has been in fine form recently is Tom Davies.

Supporters have split opinions on the 22-year-old, but he has impressed everyone with his improved displays.

Ancelotti has noticed this as much as anyone else and said in his press conference: “He’s doing really well, improved a lot. He’s a powerful midfielder, dynamic.

“He’s improved in managing the ball and possession. Tactically he’s doing well.”

So, it would not be a surprise to see the scouser start again on Sunday.

Fulham will be desperate for a victory as they are in trouble due to the bottom three looking pretty set-in stone so they will have to throw everything at Everton.

Scott Parker’s side did throw a lot at Everton in the reverse fixture with the Blues holding on for dear life come the end of the game with the Fulham press camping them in their own box.

However team currently in seventh place did go home with all three points and fans will be hoping Fulham do not do the same on Sunday.

This fixture is the longest unbeaten home run in the Premier League right now as Everton have played Fulham 14 times in the Premier League winning every time.

There is always a time for a first though isn’t there?

The superstitious fans will be dreading the game even more now but if Everton play their game they should come out as winners, the quality difference on paper is easy for everyone to see.

Fulham do have no new injury concerns and have had a fresh week with no game to play, so that will make it tough for Ancelotti’s side.

The Leeds United match was the start of a very tough few weeks for Carlo Ancelotti and so far his side have come out unscathed.

Now a game against Fulham just before Manchester City and Liverpool is just as important as all the big names, Everton cannot afford to slip up like against Newcastle.

The result cannot be underestimated.

Written by Elliot Thompson

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